The relationship between college football and daily fantasy league companies FanDuel and DraftKings has become strained over the last month. This season was the first that the companies featured college football in their myriad of sports fantasy leagues and the NCAA has taken notice.
The organization has already stated that if a player is caught playing either of these fantasy leagues in any sport, they would automatically lose a year of eligibility. If they are in their final year of eligibility, they would be suspended for the remainder of the season and their scholarship rescinded.
According to Awful Announcing, the SEC is beginning to take a stand against these companies. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has said that he and the rest of the SEC ADs have requested that their advertisements be removed from television on the SEC Network.
Long says the SEC ADs requested that FanDuel/DraftKings ads be removed from the SEC Network, despite the loss of revenue.
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) September 23, 2015
Arkansas AD Jeff Long says SEC officials requested fantasy sports' advertising be removed from SEC Network, and ESPN did so.
— Kurt Voigt (@kurtwvoigt) September 23, 2015
This certainly puts ESPN in an odd predicament. They currently have a rather large advertising deal with DraftKings while the SEC Network is valued at over $4 billion after just its first year of broadcasting.
Right now, it looks as though these advertisements will be pulled from the Network. As for the rest of the Family of Networks, the same can not be said.
The SEC Network has joined the PAC-12 Network in trying to rid itself of these ads. Will the Big Ten be next?
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